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Does anyone know why cultivar groups aren't listed for fruits on wikipedia? I was wondering why it didn't list Japanese peaches as being distinct from other peaches. It seems like there are differences between fruits in the same species that are significant enough to require their own sections, if not their own articles entirely.

no racism allowed on wikipedia — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:18, 29 June 2011 (UTC)


Why is there a picture of a nectarine at the head of the article, instead of one with a real peach? See for example [1]

Naming question[edit]

True or false: this article belongs at Peach and nectarine. 23:00, 2 Aug 2004 (UTC)

False. Nectarines are a subspecies of peach and are nicely dealt with in peach. Should every article with a subspecies be named so? Who's going to look for nectarine and peach? Anyone looking for peaches finds peaches; anyone looking for nectarines finds them here as well via the nectarine page's redirect to peach. PMC 00:06, 3 Aug 2004 (UTC)

True or false: Peach stones contain cyanide? Seems this article should make some mention of that, either to confirm or debunk it.

True and False. Fruits (and wilting leaves(?)) of the rose family, including cherries, apples, plums, almonds, peaches, apricots, rasberries, and crabapples, contain in their seeds substances known as "cyanogenetic glycosides" (the most important of which is amygdalin). A glycoside is a molecule which decomposes in water into a sugar molecule and another, nonsugar (in this case hydrogen cyanide gas (hence cyanogenetic)). A child is in serious danger if she ingests more than a couple of the most poisonous of these, the bitter almond, with about 50 putting an adult into mortal danger. google answers Smmurphy(Talk) 06:05, 12 December 2005 (UTC)

Nectarine History[edit]

Competing views:

(1) Google 'nectarine' and 'Washington', click link and click Washington Times link;





Need to determine different variations of nectarine and when each variation was developed?

I've removed this sentence:

"the U.S. government has formally adopted the view that nectarines were (or its modern peach-rivalling variant was) first developed by Korean Americans in the early 20th Century (see 107th Congress, Resolution 185)"

(1) the US Congress resolution is a political decision not based on the facts of historical literature; it has no relevance in any international encyclopedia

(2) The Oxford English Dictionary records the first use of the word 'nectarine' in 1616, so clearly the fruit had been developed by then; also that in 1664 John Evelyn stated "Now also plant peaches and nectarines", and two other pre-1700 references.

(3) The RHS Dictionary of Gardening comments that the nectarine is "common in parts of Turkestan" as an indigenous plant or at least introduced before recorded history, and that "in Britain, John Rea in 1676 listed 35 named cultivars of peaches and 11 named cultivars of nectarines".

(4) The link cited at (1) above states nectarines were already introduced into America by 1720.

So while 20th century Korean Americans may well have been important in breeding modern American nectarine cultivars, they clearly did not play any part in the original discovery and development of the nectarine. I suspect to find that, it will be necessary to study ancient Chinese and Korean literature (i.e., where peaches originally came from). - MPF 19:20, 11 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Perhaps include what you stated, then, as a distinction of nectarine breeds:

"20th century Korean Americans may well have been important in breeding modern American nectarine cultivars...."

As well as the other relevant information you mention above. =)

I've just heard it claimed by a plant geneticist on a BBC4 documentary about John Wyndham that the modern nectarine is a mutation artificially produced by radiation. Also: [2]. This would be remarkable if true, but I can't see any evidence for it.

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Nectarine section not entirely visible due to image[edit]

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Yeah, I can't see the first few words of that article. Something should be done about that, I feel. Unfortunately, I don't think I know how to do that myself.


Very good pictures! Not too little or too much, and all very well shot. loulou 17:18, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

No sources[edit]

So many "facts" are mentioned here with no sources. Nice case of wikiality.--Firebird 06:50, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Has anyone seen that peach from Columbia that isnt a peach but has been classified as one?

Nectarine=Peach+Plum: popular misconception?[edit]

When I was growing up, I was told that a nectarine was a cross between a peach and a plum. Is this a widely-held misconception? If so, it would be interesting to remark on it in the article (but maybe it was just me). --ScottAlanHill 03:42, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

I, too, remember hearing this, and Wikipedia is the first place I've ever seen them referred to as merely a cultivar of the peach rather than a distinct fruit or hybrid. Not that I've spent a lot of time researching the matter... --Haruo (talk) 01:21, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

That Ol' Moldy Peach[edit]

I removed Image:DecayingPeachSmall.gif from the article. While admittedly both cool and gross, the animation has no relevancy to the article besides the fact that it involves a peach. That's peachy 'n all, but I really don't think there is any context in the article to support this *.gif. Definitely keep this animation circulating the 'net though, no? --'oac' (old american century) | Talk 03:43, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

The article has fairly good pics now. Mold on the surface of peaches is a common experience in ordinary lives. A picture of such surface mold would be a good addition to the article. - (talk) 20:20, 17 September 2008 (UTC)


I'm kind of curious why this edit moved the nectarine to its own page, without any discussion first. 17:59, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

I'd be inclined to merge them back together again; there's no significant difference between them (e.g. a white-flesh peach and a white-flesh nectarine are more alike each other, than a white-flesh peach and a yellow-flesh peach are). I'll merge it back in a week or so if no further comment emerges. - MPF 10:25, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Trivia/Production Map Inconsistencies[edit]

The map showing worldwide peach production is inconsistent with the trivia entry on the three highest peach producers in the U.S. Unless I'm missing something, it's not possible for the NE to be a producer of 20% of the total produced by China if the top three U.S. producersv (none of which are located in the NE) don't make the map. If the top three U.S. producers don't produce greater than 1% of China's total, I'm almost certain that the NE doesn't produce 20%. Given the trivia entry is cited, I've been able to independently corroborate the trivia entry and the fact that the map appears to be original research with no sources, I'm removing the map. NihilisticMystic 19:45, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

Nutrients section[edit]

This article lacks a Nutrients/medicinal value section like at Guava and Mango. Are peaches worthless from a nutrition standpoint? One would think so reading the article. 5Q5 (talk) 22:25, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

due to its...[edit]

Due to its delicious taste and soft texture, in ancient China "peach" was also a slang word for "young bride". haha what? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:59, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

Florida Peaches[edit]

Would this be the place to add information about Florida peaches? Or would it need it's own category?Floridapeaches (talk) 23:21, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

Growing season[edit]

Could someone knowledgeable add a section on typical growing seasons for peaches? Maybe a map showing when they are harvested or something. Unschool (talk) 05:58, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Prunus persica[edit]

If anyone can add botanical information about prunus persica, please start an actual article, so that it doesn't simply redirect to the food page. Tealwisp (talk) 23:12, 30 November 2008 (UTC)

Height of plant[edit]

In the introduction, 2 heights are given for the plant. One saying "5-10m" (approx 15-30 feet), and the other one is at the end of the intro saying "small tree, up to 15ft". I think what has happened here is that the editors who added those in are looking at different cultivars of peach and something should be added to say what the height of the most common cultivar is, or to mention that they vary greatly in height depending on cultivar and give some ranges. - Faded_Mantis (Talk) 13:42, 6 April 2009 (NZST) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Reference China[edit]

Although its botanical name Prunus persica suggests the peach is native to Persia, peaches actually originated in China where they have been cultivated since the early days of Chinese culture. Peaches were mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as the tenth century BC and were a favoured fruit of kings and emperors [Citation needed] —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 01:07, April 13, 2010 (UTC)

File:White peach and cross section edit.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:White peach and cross section edit.jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on July 30, 2010. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2010-07-30. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page so Wikipedia doesn't look bad. :) Thanks! howcheng {chat} 19:12, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

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White peach and cross-section

Two white peaches and the cross-section of a third. Peaches (Prunus persica) can have either white or yellow flesh. Peaches with white flesh typically are very sweet with little acidity and are the most popular kinds in East and Southeast Asian countries. Meanwhile, Europeans and North Americans have historically favoured the yellow-fleshed kinds, which typically have an acidic tang coupled with sweetness, though this also varies greatly.

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Nectarine question[edit]

Fifty years ago, I think I remember that nectarines would become somewhat soft and sweet, more or less like an ordinary peach. Am I misremembering? Nowadays they stay hard and tart for a long time, then go straight to rotten.Tldoran (talk) 23:55, 1 August 2010 (UTC)


Congratulations to Wikipedia! At least this article should end the oft-held nonsense about the nectarine being a hybrid of a peach and a plum. It (i.e. the nectarine) is not - it is simply a smooth-skinned peach. ACEOREVIVED (talk) 16:04, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Ripening peaches[edit]

Currently the article claims that "Peaches do not ripen after being picked from the tree, so storing for ripening is not necessary." This claim contradicts both my personal experience and thousands of cooking and gardening related webpages giving advice on how to best ripen peaches. Can someone check the source and see if this is just some kind of misunderstanding? (talk) 21:39, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Doughnut peaches[edit]

Seems odd that the doughnut peach (aka Saturn peach) has its own article, which is not linked to from here, while the nectarine and peacharine are treated as subsections here. I'm half inclined to suggest merging. --Haruo (talk) 01:23, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Nectarine needs his own article![edit]

I strongly suggest that Nectarine should be moved and treated in his own article! Slighter82 (talk) 15:44, 27 July 2013 (UTC)


This article is chock-full of grammatical errors, usage errors, and poorly-written unsourced claims. It should really be re-written by someone fluent in English who is willing to provide support for claims or leave them out.

I would also mention there is some archaic usage: "whence" in the first section.

List of peach and nectarine cultivars needed[edit]

Wikipedia desperately needs a "List of peach and nectarine cultivars" page. For a similar example for strawberries, see . (Sorry but I do not have the time to start such a page at this time.) Bhami (talk) 16:14, 28 April 2014 (UTC)